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On Sunday July 4, the following changes will go into effect:
  • Masks will no longer be required in Fellowship Denver Kids Classes 
  • Registrations are still required for kids classes due to a limited volunteer team. To register you child(ren) please click here
On Sunday May 30, the following changes will go into effect:
  • We’re moving to two services with new times - 8:30am & 10:15am. The 10:15 service will be live-streamed.  
  • For anyone fully vaccinated against COVID, masks will no longer be required in worship services or other public spaces.
  • In keeping with Governor Polis’ executive order from May 14, masks will be optional in the worship services for children ages 10 and under.   
  • FDC Kids spaces will continue to require masks for adults and children ages 3+ while in those spaces. This is consistent with the practices of local school districts. We anticipate this continuing to change as we get into the summer.

A pastoral note from Hunter

May 20, 2021

Fellowship Denver family and friends:

Our staff and elders have reviewed the most recent guidance about mask-wearing, social distancing and indoor events from the CDC, Colorado Department of Health, and City of Denver. It’s been our practice throughout the pandemic to follow this guidance so that we have an objective standard to which we can point our community.

Recent changes represent a light at the end of the tunnel! In view of this, we’re going to update our COVID policies effective Sunday, May 30. You can see the details of these above.

These are the practices we’ll follow. But, even more importantly, I want to offer some pastoral words for how we all engage the months ahead

My heart is heavy to cultivate and protect the spiritual and relational health of our church and each one of you. I don’t want you to get sick with COVID. But even more, I don’t want your heart for Jesus or your love for his church to grow cold. Jesus warned about this over-and-over (Matt. 13:20-22, 24:12). So I take his word that the season ahead could prove that some of our hearts have grown cold. But it could also be a season when the Spirit revives and renews us. Which way we go will largely depend on how we engage. With that in mind, here’s my advice:

First, we are entering a season of change and different people will adapt at different paces. Just yesterday, I walked into Chipotle naked-faced and ordered a burrito. It felt weird. This points to the fact that many of us have become comfortable wearing masks, and it might be a while before we’re comfortable going without - even if technically allowed to unmask. Furthermore, there are still many legitimate health reasons for some to wear masks. Let’s not judge or scorn each other over this secondary matter. One of my great joys during last fall’s Politics Vision for Life was how much we grew in tolerating secondary differences of conscience within our church! I saw Romans 14 coming to life among us and I was amazed at how the Spirit preserved unity in Christ. I know we can press into that again.

Second, we preserve the relational health of our church when we follow the guidelines set out by our elders. I know that mask-wearing is a point of debate and not all will be satisfied with these changes. Regardless of your viewpoint, I’d ask you to engage this as our next step in rebuilding from COVID, not the last step. This is the awkward “in-between” phase of recovery and I pray that it is short.  

I also know that many will have different practices around masks in daily life. But when at church, we’re asking you to follow these policies. This protects those who are unvaccinated or otherwise vulnerable. It also helps to preserve our trust in each other. Practically, that means that if you’ve chosen to remain unvaccinated or haven’t had access to a vaccine yet, we’d request that you wear a mask at church for now. However, we DO want you in church! Vaccination is not a criteria for participation in worship or a mark of spiritual health. Which leads to my last hope...    
If you are able to be present for corporate worship without compromising your or your family’s health, you should be. Every week. In the last year, corporate worship became something we could only do occasionally. Are we better off as a result? The question in front of us now is: Who do I want to be a year from now?

If occasional worship becomes your new normal, you will not have a heart full of joy in Christ a year from now. I don’t know anyone who willfully neglects public worship and is better off for it. I said that carefully (“willfully neglects”). There are legitimate reasons we have to stay home, usually health-related, and our Lord is gracious to us in these. But if you’re able, now is the time to make corporate worship a regular habit again.

I also know for some, this might mean bringing your children into worship until FDC Kids can get back to full capacity. I would be glad for your children’s crying to totally derail a sermon in order for you to be present! In fact, next time it happens, we’ll stop and celebrate the parents who came to church in faith! My eager expectation and hope is that the Lord is going to use your re-commitment to weekly worship as the instrument of revival and renewal. Let’s try him out on that!

With love,
Hunter B.